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Earth & Geographic Sciences Student Accomplishments 2017

Fall 2017

Timothy McLaughlin, Nicholas De Paula, Jacob Hogue, and Sean Beverly Presented at Regional GIS Conference

NEURISA Students

Tim, Nick, Jacob, Sean and Dr. Jane Huang were invited to present at the New England Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) Annual Conference on Oct 16th, 2017. Their presentation, titled “Studying Environmental & Public Health in the Fitchburg Area Using GIS”, gave the audience an overview of the research projects they conducted in summer 2017.

Jake Glick, Timothy McLaughlin, Sean Beverly, and Tallie Foster Working on Inventorying the Industrial and Commercial Properties in Fitchburg.

Timothy McLaughlin, Nicholas De Paula, and Jacob Hogue

As a continuation of the Reimagine North of Main Neighborhood Revitalization Project, Jake, Tim, Sean, and Tallie helped the city inventorying the industrial and commercial properties in Fitchburg through internet search, phone interview, and field survey. Once the inventory is completed, the properties will be mapped and analyzed in a GIS. The results will help the city understand the usages of the industrial and commercial properties and develop revitalization plans.

Two professors and six students in the department involved in the 2017 Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Experience Program.

Tallie Foster and Kaitlin Berube

Tallie Foster and Kaitlin Berube studied sediment and the health of the Nashua River, supervised by Dr. Liz Gordon

Jacob Hogue and Sean Beverly applied GIS in the study of the health of the Nashua River, supervised by Dr. Jane Huang

Jacob Hogue and Sean Beverly

Timothy McLaughlin and Nicholas De Paula used GIS to improve public health in Fitchburg, supervised by Dr. Jane Huang

Timothy McLaughlin and Nicholas De Paula

Ali Wertheim, GIS internship at City of Gardner

Ali Wertheim

Ali has been mapping the cemetery plots for the three public cemeteries in the City of Gardner. She’s linked the cemetery database, which is in MS Access, to the GIS data and resolved data issues to get to a 100% match rate. Resolution steps involve researching cards, field mapping, historical record research, and access database editing. Ali’s work has been very appreciated by the engineering department and cemetery department at the City of Gardner. Ali is supervised by Ms. Rachael Catlow, GISP, GIS Coordinator, City of Gardner. Ms. Catlow has been a guest speaker and a friend of the Earth and Geographic Sciences Department at Fitchburg State University.

Victoria Leblanc, GIS Internship at North County Land Trust (NCLT)

Victoria Jassy

Victoria is helping to prepare multi-layered GIS maps in order to prioritize land parcels that NCLT would like to conserve in the future. Part of her tasks include identifying areas crossing town boundaries that may be of interest for an overall outreach to landowners, town boards, and commissions. Victoria’s work contributes to the NCLT’s long term strategic land conservation plan. Victoria is supervised by Ms. Jassy Bratko, Director of Land Protection at NCLT.

Spring 2017

Six students presented at the 2017 Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Conference

  • Jacob Hogue, Jake Glick (GIS Mapping of the Reimagine North of Main Project)
  • Huy Vo (GIS Internships with MRPC and Ayer DPW)
  • Tallie Foster (Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest)
  • Samuel Gallagher (The Effects of Climate Change on the Philippines)
  • Paige Harrington (The Effects of Climate Change on the Amazon Rainforest)
  • Paige Harrington, Jacob Hogue (Electricity and Waste: Understanding Sustainability on Fitchburg State’s Campus)

Jacob Hogue and Jake Glick Working on the Reimagine North of Main Project

In this extended Crocker Center research project, Jacob and Jake conducted a series of mapping and analysis for the Reimagine North of Main Project in the Fitchburg area using GIS and web-mapping tools.

Huy Vo (center in white polo shirt), Class of 2018, and coworkers during his internship

GIS Web Mapping and Programming Internship with Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (Fitchburg).

Huy, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in GIS, works on GIS Web Mapping and Programming under the supervision of GIS/IT director Jason Stanton.

Huy uses JavaScript, HTML and CSS to improve the performance of MRMapper – a web mapping tool designed to aid decision making processes. He is also the initiator and the first president of the newly established GIS Club, which attracts students within and beyond the Earth and Geographic Sciences department.

Kayla Kress, Jacob Hogue, and Samuel Gallagher Presented at Regional GIS Professional Conference



Kayla, Jacob, and Sam presented their GIS research project along with Dr. Jane Huang at the New England Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) Annual Conference on November 14th, 2016.

They were the only student presenters at this regional GIS conference which was attended by over a hundred GIS professionals crossed the region.

They spoke about the GIS research conducted during their internships on the local community revitalization project, ReImagine North of Main; and enjoyed the many questions, comments, and compliments from the audience following the presentation.

Fitchburg State GIS Night at Clark University



19 students participated to the GIS Club event: Fitchburg State Night at Clark University on Nov 17th, 2016.

The students worked on a Raster GIS workshop, which was to determine an area of maple trees to tap for maple syrup in Paxton, MA, and listened to three presentations given by Clark graduate students in GIS.

It was a blast! The event was organized by Henry Mros, a GST graduate (2015) and currently a Master’s student in GIS at Clark University, and two GIS Club leaders: Huy Vo and Mark Guercio.

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